Apple Hill Gynecology
Gynecology & Endometriosis Specialist located in York, PA
Endometriosis is a common gynecological condition that often goes undiagnosed because it develops gradually over time, causing a progression of symptoms that typically leads to chronic pelvic pain, abnormal bleeding and infertility. At Apple Hill Gynecology in York, Pennsylvania, Marsha D. Bornt, MD and the all-women staff specialize in identifying and treating endometriosis. For comprehensive and compassionate care, contact the office by phone or use the online booking tool today.
Endometriosis Q & A
What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a gynecological condition in which the endometrial tissue that lines your uterus grows in other areas, such as your ovaries, fallopian tubes, and the tissue that holds your uterus in place. Endometriosis affects more than 11% of women between the ages of 15 and 44 and is often diagnosed in women during their 30s and 40s.
The team at Apple Hill Gynecology specializes in identifying and treating endometriosis in the various stages of your reproductive life. They use medical treatments as well as minimally invasive surgery.
What are the symptoms of endometriosis?
Though very common, endometriosis often goes undiagnosed for years because the symptoms develop gradually over time. Many women may not realize they have any gynecological problems until they start to experience endometriosis symptoms such as:
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Painful periods
- Pain during intercourse
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Bowel changes, such as diarrhea, constipation, and/or bloating
- Worsening of premenstrual syndrome
About 70% of women with pelvic pain have endometriosis. If you have these symptoms, contact Apple Hill Gynecology by phone or use the online tool to schedule an evaluation.
How is endometriosis diagnosed?
The team at Apple Hill Gynecology conducts comprehensive evaluations to diagnose gynecological conditions like endometriosis. Unfortunately, endometriosis doesn’t show up on standard tests conducted at your annual well-woman exam, unless it’s in an advanced stage.
During your evaluation, the team asks detailed questions about your symptoms, your gynecological and medical histories, and your family history, and then performs a physical and pelvic exam. To assist in a diagnosis, the team may obtain blood work, as well as an ultrasound.
To confirm an endometriosis diagnosis, your provider at Apple Hill Gynecology performs a laparoscopy. During the minimally invasive procedure, your provider inserts a laparoscope (lighted surgical camera) through a small incision in your abdomen to evaluate your reproductive organs and remove any displaced endometrial tissue.
How is endometriosis treated?
The team at Apple Hill Gynecology develops individualized treatment plans for endometriosis based on the severity of your symptoms and whether you’re trying to get pregnant or not.
Your treatment options may include:
- Hormonal birth control
- Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) agents
- Over-the-counter pain medication
- Minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery to remove endometriosis implants
To get answers to your gynecological questions and treatment for your endometriosis, contact the experts at Apple Hill Gynecology by phone or use the online scheduler on this website.